April 26, 2013 Subject:
If you feel obliged to forgo show since it's not complete or b/c it's not a board, then you'd be depriving yourself of some choice '72 material. Now,if you've got an inclination to cherry pick this show, be sure to head straight for the DS->Dew for a blissful 45 minute stint that should aid in your GD fix for the moment. I think it's the best pairing of these two tunes for the year, after the epic 9/21 pairing in Philly of course.
I wouldn't call the first 2/3rds of this Dark Star extraordinary (especially for '72 standards), but the last third of this version is the cat's meow! The patient listener will be rewarded with a piece-meal brewing of electrical dissonance that finally festers into an explosive orgasmic release of sound that segues into a bouncy "philo-stomp" before morphing into a peppy "feelin'groovy jam" that's played in double-quick time. Dig it, folks! What follows is a sweet MD that delivers like a good MD should.
As far as quality of audio goes, Owsley "Bear" Stanley's AUD is a top tier '72 recording. Listen and cherish, folks.
December 18, 2009 Subject:
Here is where I entered.
I had borrowed a copy of "Skull and Roses" and liked it. So when the Dead came to town I said to myself,"You know, this is probably your last chance to see one of the great old bands from the sixties."
I'll exit when I die I guess.
April 17, 2009 Subject:
Indeed an extraordinary Dark Star
This haunting 1969/1970-esque Dark Star is as good as the very best from '72, and in spite of considerable hiss, this sharp audience recording could be the best from this era. (98 pts)
Reviewer:light into ashes
January 4, 2009 Subject:
Awesome Dark Star
Bear recorded the audience tape himself (as he did for a few shows that fall) - for 1972 it is an excellent audience tape, and the music sounds deep and clear. (It's missing most of set 1 and the complete Playing in the Band, which is on the other source, but I've decided to ignore that in my rating.)
This show is all about the massive Star>Dew. The Dark Star is the most intense & explosive I've heard, telepathically played, with two psychotic meltdowns - as the notes say, "An outstanding bass solo launches right out of a complete meltdown during this Dark Star. There is also a very fast Feelin' Groovy jam towards the end. This Dark Star approaches perfection." And it goes into a sweet, mournful Morning Dew. A must-hear.
December 31, 2008 Subject:
Don't Skip It For Being Partial, Great GD Here!
We pick things up at some point in the Playin’ jam. No way of telling how far in they are, though I’d imagine we only miss a minute or two. The portion of Playin’ we do get is extremely hot. They are really pushing the envelope. The 8th minute sounds like a mega intense portion from a 72 Dark Star…incendiary. They continue to push on for the remaining 6 minutes. Really a great Playin’. I’ve never really heard it mentioned before. I suppose b/c the sources that circulated in the past were rather poor, and this one, which is very fine, cuts out at least 6 or 7 minutes. In any case, very hot version.
Very confident and energetic Promised Land kicks off the 2nd set. Gets the pulse in the room racing right off the bat. 72 Ramble On’s had attitude and often kicked ass. This one is no exception. Set 2 is moving along nicely. Placing Bobby McGee here seems an odd choice. It doesn’t crush their momentum like so many Ship of Fools did in later years. It left the set in limbo for about 5 minutes though. Sublime return to the main theme at 11:25. A very dark and scary tiger jam approaching the 23rd minute is vicious. Keith leads the way out, establishing a less ominous feel, but Phil immediately takes the reins. Phil leads them around with some stomping Bass lines, before the whole thing just explodes into one of the most fun and unique feelin’ groovy jams I’ve ever heard. The FG Jam here is hard to describe, you really ought to hear it for yourself. I will definitely be coming back for a second listen asap. Finally they come to the final meltdown into Morning Dew. 72 was sort of like a retooling year for Morning Dew. This one has the distinct feeling of focused direction, that many of the other 72 versions do not have. Very strong version. The Sugar Magnolia is fun and packed with energy, though it is unusually sloppy. Not so sloppy that it really detracts from anything…maybe a little though. The Casey Jones is moving along nicely, but the end is cut.
Even though this is only 8 songs of the 22 played that night, almost everything that really matters is here, and considering the available sources, it is a joy to have a really solid source of this Playin and Dark Star. I was only listening through small headphones at work, but chances are it will sound better through my speakers at home. For a 72 AUD, this one is really strong, I’ll hold off on saying anything like great until I listen at home, but of the 3 I’ve heard, this is definitely the best.